The provincial Liberals may claim to have brought labour peace to British Columbia's public sector. But there appears to be some holdouts of union unrest. On May 1, New Democrat MLAs were sent a "strictly confidential" bargaining bulletin informing them that "a tentative agreement" had been reached between caucus and its constituency assistants - who are represented by the British Columbia Government and Service Employees' Union. Those negotiations have been underway since August. And it was hoped ratification of that agreement would happen "quickly." But that deal hasn't been signed. And insiders familiar with the negotiations say the agreement may now be off the table. Opposition chief of staff David Perry hasn't yet returned a phone call seeking comment on this story. The following is a complete copy of that bulletin.
May 1, 2006
To All MLAs
Further to previous communications regarding progress on negotiations, your committee is pleased to advise that a tentative agreement has been reached and that we currently await the response of the Union to our request for a meeting to finalize language on agreed upon terms and conditions. It is our hope to be able to commence the ratification process quickly, and a meeting to present the tentative agreement will be set immediately upon having the document completed.
We would like to thank all MLAs, the Union and its bargaining committee members for their very constructive and positive suggestions.
Please feel free to contact your bargaining committee members if you have any questions.